Bread and Puppet Theater Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Goddard College

Plainfield, Vt. – Goddard College today announced that Bread and Puppet Theater will present a special November 30th performance at Goddard’s Plainfield campus.

The celebratory revival show will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bread and Puppet’s distinctive brand of artistry – combining towering puppets and insurgent political narratives in stunning visual performances.

The show will take place at Goddard College’s Haybarn Theatre at 8 p.m. on November 30, and is part of a series of events the College is presenting in the coming year in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

‘Dead Man Rises and Other Short Shows’ is a three-part program showcasing some of the theater’s best puppetry in its 50-year history. The show will feature new work as well as its most memorable pieces  – including work originally performed during the student occupation of Columbia University in New York City in 1968, as well as a notable 1982 parody of electoral campaigns.

Founded by Schumann in 1963 in New York City, Bread and Puppet formally moved to Glover, Vermont, in 1974, after an invitation to come to Plainfield as Goddard College’s first theater-in-residence in the early 1970s.

“Peter is known internationally for speaking truth through art and performance, and is an unforgettable contributor to the kind of ‘disruptive innovation’ that Goddard has always supported,” said Goddard College President Dr. Barbara Vacarr, “We are thrilled to welcome him back to campus for this important show.”

“Dead Man Rises and Other Short Shows” opens to the public for a one-time show on Friday, November 30th at the Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road, Plainfield, Vt.  A sliding scale donation of $5-$10 will be accepted at the door.


About Bread and Puppet Theater

Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest, nonprofit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the country. The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side; they first featured rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children before moving on to pressing political concerns of the times. In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and transformed a 140-year-old hay barn into a museum for veteran puppets. Their “Domestic Resurrection Circus,” a two-day, outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.

About Goddard College

Initially founded in 1863 as the Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont, Goddard College later moved to its current Plainfield, Vermont campus and was chartered in 1938 by founding President Royce “Tim” Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer low-residency adult degree programs. Now offering accredited MA, MFA, BA and BFA degree programs from the main campus in Plainfield, Vermont and sites in Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington, Goddard’s low-residency education model offers the best of on-campus and distance education, with experienced faculty advisors, rigorous on-campus residencies, and the freedom to study from anywhere.

The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.


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Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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